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With the NBA playoffs fully underway it’s time to decide which team you want to go all the way. Maybe you go with your hometown team, or maybe you don’t have one. In any case, if you’re not an avid NBA fan during the regular season but find yourself glued to the TV during the playoffs we have a crash course on this year’s remaining teams.

Miami Heat

Team Personality: Flash & Glam

These guys are larger than life. Lebron James is the biggest superstar in the NBA right now. He’s the MVP (almost unanimously) and he’s backed up by future Hall of Famers, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen. James and Wade make a deadly duo on the court, but off the court they’re somehow even bigger stars and icons.

Storyline: Champions Incumbent

The Heat are the team to beat this year. With injuries around the league, this championship is theirs to lose. With the second longest win streak in NBA history this year, the Heat are playing at a level that is making history. There is no consolation for them after making their boasts. It’s championship or bust.

Why Root For Them:

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I hear the Heat Bandwagon has very comfortable seats.

Who to Watch: Chris “Birdman” Anderson

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Despite limited minutes, watch the Birdman for emotional and exciting play. With big blocks and big dunks, this guy can get a crowd on it’s feet.

Chicago Bulls

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Team Personality: Gritty

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The Bulls are gritty with tons and tons of heart. Coached by Tom Thibodeau, these defense-minded Bulls are playing tough through injuries to many of their key starters. They were the ones to end Miami’s historical 27-game streak (as well as their play-off streak) as well as the Knicks’ 13-game streak this year.

Storyline: All Heart

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Decimated by injuries, the Bulls have been making headlines by beating higher seeded teams like the Brooklyn Nets. At the moment, Derrick Rose is out. Luol Deng is out. Kirk Heinrich is out. Joakim Noah is playing through plantar fasciitis. Nate Robinson is reportedly spitting up blood on the bench. Will Derrick Rose return to save the day? Can this beat up Chicago team continue their success or will they collapse?

Why Root For Them:

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You can’t help but pull for a team fighting so hard without so many important pieces. Nate Robinson has been spectacular playing big minutes and making big shots. You gotta root for a little guy.

Who to Watch: Nate Robinson

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It’s hard to take your eyes off of the tiny man who moves faster than anyone on the court. Look for Nate to hit big shots and amaze you with speed and athleticism.

New York Knicks

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Team Personality: Hot or Cold?

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The big question of this years team is just how far will they go? Carmelo has built a reputation for getting bounced out early in the playoffs and he hopes to squash that picture of him with this years run. With all of the old bodies on their team, questions are raised about if they will hold up and be healthy enough to see it through to the end. This Knicks team is a shooting team and the questions will loom about if they’ll live by the three, or die by it.

Storyline: Young Energy, Old Bodies

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The Knicks are a bit schizophrenic this year. On the one hand, young guns like J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert bring a youthful enthusiasm and energy that that the Knicks haven’t had in ages. On the other hand, their the oldest roster in the NBA, sporting seasoned veterans like Jason Kidd and Kurt Thomas. This year’s squad is a mix of young hip-hop and old experience. They combine the tough interior defense of their big men with the the electric shooting of their guards.

Why Root For Them:

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Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title this year. He also managed to steal an MVP vote from Lebron James for being invaluable to the Knicks. He’s never made it to an NBA finals and with the pressure looming this year for a much-hyped New York team, you’re rooting for him and the Knicks to take it far in the playoffs

Who to Watch: J.R. Smith

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Whether you love him or you hate him, J.R. Smith is one of most exciting players to watch on the Knicks. His scoring streaks, unorthodox celebrations and questionable decision-making in crucial situations will have you pulling out your hair.

Indiana Pacers

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Team Personality: Big and Tough

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Indiana Pacers are big. Real big. With a starting front-court of Paul George (6’8″), David West (6’9″), Roy Hibbert (7’2″) and plenty of big back-ups, this Pacers team looks to beat you up inside. The Pacers are also the best at defending two important kinds of shots. 3-Pointers and shots in the paint. This is crucial in their match-up with the Knicks because the Knicks rely on their 3-point shooting.

Storyline: No Star, No Ring?

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Paul George is a rising star in the NBA but is by no means a superstar yet. This Pacers team is an experiment in how far a team can go without one clear cut superstar. Pundits, fans, coaches and analysts all want to know, is it possible to win with a balanced roster.

Why Root For Them:

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Rooting for the Pacers is rooting for a dark horse. The Pacers have a legitimate shot at winning the whole kit and caboodle but are receiving none of the credit or press for it. Their size and toughness makes them a match-up problem for most teams and makes them a legitimate contender.

Who to Watch: Paul George

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Look for this rising star to do it all. Score, rebound and assist. Long and athletic, he might just shock you with a big play above the rim.

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